Fashion show and Westchester Mental Health Guild garden tour coming up


Dr. Lucy Jones, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and scientist-in-charge of its Earthquake Program in Southern California, will give a talk, ìEarthquakes: Shift Happens ó Dare to Prepare,î concerning living with earthquakes in Southern California.

The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28th, in St. Roberts Hall Auditorium on the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) campus in Westchester. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Jones, who grew up in Westchester, will give advice on dealing with and preparing for quakes as part of a presentation sponsored by the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and City Councilman Bill Rosendahlís Security and Safety Committee.

The largest earthquake in Southern Californiaís history occurred on the San Andreas Fault 150 years ago on January 9th, 1857. Known as the Fort Tejon earthquake, it was a magnitude 7.9 but killed only two people, because the region had so few inhabitants.

A repeat of this earthquake could happen anytime, but with much greater devastation. It would break a fault bigger than 20 Northridge faults laid end to end, and last for over two minutes. A quake of that magnitude would take many more lives and cause far more damage than the Fort Tejon quake.

Jones has been a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a visiting research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983.

She is currently serving as the multi-hazards coordinator for Southern California, developing a new program to integrate hazards science in urban areas with economic analysis and emergency response to increase community resiliency in the face of natural disasters.

She is also a commissioner of the California Seismic Safety Commission, which advises the governor and the State Legislature on seismic safety. She was appointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2002 and reappointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. She also serves on the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council.

Jones has authored more than 80 papers on research seismology, with primary interest in the physics of earthquakes, foreshocks and earthquake hazard assessment, and the seismotectonics (earthquake-producing geo- logic structures) of Southern California.

She has received numerous awards, including the Alquist Award from the California Earthquake Safety Foundation, the Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievements in Science Communication from the U.S. Geological Survey, and the 2007 Award of Merit from the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese language and literature from Brown University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.

She is a past secretary of the Seismology Section of the American Geophysical Union, past director and past chair of the Publications Committee of the Seis- mological Society of America.

Her presentation should be both informative and startling.

Information, Clarence Griffen, LMU director of community and local government relations, (310) 338-7854.

FASHION FOR A GOOD CAUSE ó The Rotary Club of Westchester will hold its annual Employee Recognition Day Fashion Show at noon Wednesday, April 25th, at The Radisson LAX Hotel, 6225 Century Blvd. in Westchester.

This isnít a highbrow runway show full of snooty clothing designers. Instead, itís a fun and different way to recognize employees on their special day.

The show will include a variety of local models, from firefighters to business professionals, and will feature clothing from Macyís, Chicoís and Lucy ó all fashion retailers in the Manhattan Village Shopping Center.

The event will also include a variety of prizes and gifts for audience members.

Admission is $40 per person, which includes lunch and free self-parking. Table sponsorships are also available for $500 per table, including lunch, free self-parking, premium seating for ten, ten raffle tickets and recognition of sponsors and their guests at the event.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division Boosters Association, Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 95 and the projects of the Westchester Rotary Foundation.

Take your office staff to lunch and enjoy a wonderful event for a good cause!

ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR ó The Westchester Mental Health Guild will hold its annual Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6th, at eight homes in the Westchester and Playa del Rey area.

Participants will enjoy a spectacular sale of plants and Guilded Cage Gift Shop items and complimentary refreshments, at one of the Garden Tour homes.

The event is sponsored by Marina del Rey Garden Center, Team Crockett, Sage GroupñA New Experience in Food and REMAX All Cities RealtyñWestchester-Playa del Rey.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Guilded Cage Gift Shop, 8917-B S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester.

All proceeds from the event will go to support Airport Marina Counseling Service.

Information, (310) 641-7850.